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Alex Kremer 01-31-2021 // Responding to Opposition; Acts 4:1-22

Whenever and wherever the Gospel is proclaimed, God's people face the potential for opposition.  Some opposition is in the form of verbal and societal ostracism.  In others, this opposition takes on a form threatening the very lives of the believer.

After healing a man lame from birth, Peter preaches the Gospel to the crowd present.  His message, however, was interrupted by the Jewish authorities as they arrested not only Peter and James, but the recipient of this miraculous sign.

In studying Peter's and John's response to this opposition we find a model for how we can respond to such opposition; a response that is centered upon the Gospel message that resulted in his arrest in the first place.

Thank you for listening to today's message.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 01-17-2021 // Persecution Comes to the Church; Acts 4:1-22

Following explosive growth, the early church very quickly experienced persecution.  This would have come as no surprise to the Apostles, as the Lord Himself warned them that the world would hate them because it hated Him first.  This same resistance to the early church continues today, as the people of God will always face some type of opposition and persecution.

In Acts 4, following the miraculous healing of the lame man in the temple thousands were added to the church.  Jealous of such response, the Jewish leaders arrested, not only Peter and John, but the man that was healed.  Given that persecution is inevitable for the people of God, Peter's response becomes a model for how to respond to persecution.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May the Lord bless you through the teaching of God's Word.

 

Alex Kremer 01-10-2021 // Good News for the Ignorant; Acts3:17-26

As Peter and John went to the temple to pray, they had an encounter with a man lame from birth.  Looking for alms, Peter instead gave him something of infinitely greater value; healing his infirmity and offering to him eternal life; all through the power of Christ.

Seeing this miracle, the people marveled at what happened.  Peter immediately drew the attention of the crowd to the person of Jesus Christ; the Messiah promised to them through Moses and the prophets.  But rather than accept Him, they instead handed Him over to be crucified.  They had rejected the Son of God.  This was the bad news.

But Peter also delivered to them the Good News.  Although they had acted in ignorance, they were responsible for their deeds.  The good news for the sinner is that God's grace is not closed off to you.  Therefore, repent and return to the Lord.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 12-20-20 // Confirming the Word; Acts 3:11-18

Throughout Scripture, God has used miraculous signs and wonders to confirm His Word.  In Egypt, God confirmed His promises to the children of Israel.  In the wilderness, He continued to confirm His Word through signs and wonders.  Jesus said of His own works that they confirm who He is.

When Peter and John went to the temple to pray, they met a man lame from birth at the Beautiful Gate.  The miracle that gave this man his legs amazed the onlookers in the temple.  Peter, seizing upon their amazement, points to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who glorified His Servant, Jesus Christ.  It was this same Servant whom the Jewish leaders disavowed and asked for a murderer to be released instead (Acts 3:14).  But more amazing than giving a lame man working legs, Jesus gives those who believe in Him eternal life.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson. May God bless you through His Word.

Alex Kremer 12-06-20 // Peter and John Went to Pray; Acts 3:1-11

We go through our lives day in and day out, encountering the same people; often times not paying them any attention.  But what if we stopped and truly saw the needs of those around us?  What if we truly saw their greatest need was to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Today, we look at Peter and John, Apostles together sent out by the Lord Himself to preach the Gospel.  After Peter's sermon on Pentecost, and the explosive growth of the church, we see Peter and John returning to their day-to-day routines, but now with a new focus.  Entering the temple at the ninth hour to pray, as they did regularly, they now see those whom, perhaps, they hadn't noticed before.  This includes a lame man, begging for alms of all the faithful Jews carrying out their ritual.  But this time, this lame beggar received far more than the silver and gold he asked; he has an encounter with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which radically transforms him, and all who accept it.

Thank you to listening to today's lesson.  May the Word of God richly bless you.

Alex Kremer 11-15-20 // The Model for the Church; Acts 2:42-47

Scripture reveals many things about the character and nature of God.  Among these, He is described as the creator, the sustainer and the restorer.  God is still active in the world today, creating new life, seen in every child's birth.  As the sustainer of his creation, Colossians tells us, "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (1:17)"  And God is still active in restoring a fallen world to Himself through the work of Christ.

In this last element, restoration, the Lord uses the Church, for the Church is God's work in the world to preach the Gospel; to reach lost souls in the twin ministries of restoration and reconciliation.

In Acts 2, we witnessed the birth and explosive growth of the Church on Pentecost.  Now, as we close out this chapter, we see a model of what the Church is called to be.  This is seen in terms of its

  1. Spiritual Duties
  2. Spiritual Character
  3. Spiritual Impact

In the time of COVID, when many churches are forced to shut down, or move to other means of meeting, this passage becomes even more relevant than ever in recent history.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.

Alex Kremer 11-01-20 // What Must We Do? Acts 2:37-41

Peter has finished his first sermon on the day of Pentecost.  To the Jews gathered in Jerusalem, he laid out before them the truth regarding Jesus Christ.  First, that in Jesus Christ they were witnesses to fulfilled prophecy.  Second, even though He was the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies, they killed Him.  Finally, all this was according to the predetermined will of God, but they bore the guilt of handing Him over to sinful men to be executed; but vindicated by the Father through the resurrection.

Now faced with this reality, the Jews are cut to the core.  Realizing their sin, they asked the key question, "What must we do?"  This is the question posed to all humanity.  In the face of our sin, and in the presence of a Holy God, what must we do?

As you listen to today's lesson, may you be blessed through the teaching of God's Holy Word.  May you know and experience the grace of God that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

Thank you for listening.

Alex Kremer 10-11-20 // Peter’s First Sermon; God’s Sovereign Plan and Man’s Responsibility; Acts 2:22-36

As we continue through Peter's first sermon, we move from the the cross as fulfillment of prophecy to God's sovereign plan.

The Jews, especially at the time of Christ, were a people with high messianic hopes, but no Messiah.  Put as Peter preaches his first sermon, he makes it clear that Jesus Christ was indeed the long awaited for Messiah; and the Jews put him to death.

But counter to the Jewish beliefs regarding Messiah, Peter makes it clear, it was God's predetermined, sovereign will that Messiah would suffer and die at the hands of sinful men.  And herein lies the apparent paradox; man's responsibility in the context of God's sovereign will.  This apparent problem is at the core of many theological debates.  If this is God's plan, then how can man be held responsible for our actions?

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  May God bless you through His Word.

Alex Kremer 10-04-20 // Peter’s First Sermon; Prophecy Fulfilled - Acts 2:14-21

Preaching has always occupied a central role in the church.  It is the God ordained method of building His church.  During Jesus' earthly ministry, His mission was to preach the Gospel (Mark 1).  And the first event in church history is Peter's preaching of his first sermon.

With the Jews gathered in Jerusalem for Pentecost, Peter addresses the crowd.  First, he addresses the mockers whose claims the apostles were drunk as preposterous.  He then moves to the fact that God is revealing His plan.  And so, Peter looks to prophecy, specifically Joel's prophecy that in the last days, God would pour out His Spirit upon mankind.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.  My the Lord bless you as you consider with us God's plan revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Alex Kremer // 10-08-2020 / Early Church History / Persecution

During Jesus' ministry on earth, He taught His disciples that they would face persecution for His name (Mark 10:29-30; Matthew 5:10).  The fact is that persecution is a fact of Christianity.  From the very foundation of the church, this persecution has taken many forms and come from many sources.

In today's session, we look at the persecution beginning with the Jewish persecution, but as recorded in the book of Acts, as well as the persecution that continued and is recorded in history outside the pages of Scripture.  We then move on to the persecution under the Roman empire.

And as grim as this topic is to consider, we also consider the fruit of persecution.  It is often said that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.  Persecution led to the spread of the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire and beyond.

Thank you for listening to today's lesson.

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